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The Worst Journey in the World: With Scott in Antarctica 1910-1913 Paperback – March 24, 2010
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Cherry-Garrard was himself a member of the expedition that had two goals: to discover as much as was scientifically possible about the terrain and habitat of Antarctica, and to be the first to reach the South Pole. The party was plagued by bad luck, weather conditions of unanticipated ferocity, and the physical deterioration of the party on the last part of the journey. Confronted by the shattering knowledge that Roald Amundsen had reached the South Pole a month before them, Scott's party then had to negotiate the last, heroic part of their journey, a doomed attempt which has entered modern mythology.
The Worst Journey in the World is the inside story of this most famous of journeys and is truly one of the best and most moving books of travel ever written. Join Scott's expedition as he and his team venture deep into the frozen unknown. This volume is the second in the continuing series of Explorers Club Classic books.
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Reading this book made me want to go and see that continent, so beautiful were his descriptions. I did go see it, and would return in an instant if I got the chance.
I am a woman past middle age, and yet this story of adventure and scientific discovery is one of my all time favorite books. Believe me, you will not be sorry you spent some time on Robert Scott's expedition to the south pole.
The author of this particular book has gone long lengths at I guess a great personal expense to revive his memories, put them to words, make a selfless effort to decorate them with delicate humour, scrape to the surface every single raw detail and present us with the vivid and precious description of the Worst Journey in the World.
Thank you, Cherry! Hope writing this book helped you, at least a little bit, to come to terms with what had happened in the great white vastness in that dreadful setting winter of 1912.
I generally enjoy Dover publications, however this modification of Worst Journey is rather odd. The dates have mostly been Americanized (month/day instead of the original British day/month), and there are some quirks to the typesetting that I found interesting but probably not worth implementing. For one example: ship names are not italicized as is customary, but in an old book with lots of references to ships, this proves to be a little incongruous in appearance. Far more taxing to the eye is the abandonment of setting off long quotes in a paragraph of reduced size ~ which is the classical way of dealing with long quoted passages, and there are a LOT of these. The result of having long quotes look exactly the same as the narration is a fair amount of visual confusion regarding who is speaking. There is evidence that this may have been set on a word processor: among other things, small caps are not true small caps but the faux version (reduced capitals), which is a giveaway of enthusiastic but, shall we say, amateur typesetting.
I am all for simplification, but I think a work such as this is too intricate to deserve a streamlined format. So with respect I give it a "fair" rating, and suggest looking at other editions if you are a connoisseur of the Scott Expedition as I am. If not, then this edition will probably serve adequately for informational purposes, but perhaps without the appropriate mood of other versions.
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Aspects of quest for antarctic that got little noticed when Scott failed in his bid to be first at the south polePublished on February 21, 2014 by Marilyn C. Kay
Don't understand why there are no reviews. This book was riveting. Highly recommend it if you are interested in early polar exploration. It is deeply personal. Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by baker_canner
Book has all the facts about the journey, HOWEVER, it is written in the old English traditional prose (1922) of long lengthy descriptions with many words to describe the events. Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Woodman